Travel agents are being offered a range of events designed to help boost their sales of cruise holidays through increased knowledge and expertise of the cruise sector.

CLIA UK & Ireland’s ‘Summer of Opportunity’ includes ship visits, sales training and product development with events taking place in six different ports around the country.

The first event is a Cruise Sales Masterclass on board Celebrity Eclipse in Dover on June 6 followed on July 21 by a Discovery Expo in Portsmouth on Swan Hellenic’s Minerva and then on July 23, a Cruise Sales Masterclass in Liverpool on Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess.

A luxury Cruise Expo is planned in Southampton on August 14 and 15 on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Voyager together with Oceania Cruises’ Marina. The following day, a Cruise Sales Masterclass is taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne on Holland America Lines’ Koningsdam which is being launched in April. This will be the ship’s first visit to the UK.

Andy Harmer, CLIA Europe VP operations, said: “These events are designed to provide travel agents with hands on product training and knowledge and I am delighted with the line-up of ships which covers the luxury, premium and discovery sectors. We are committed to supporting our members with excellent training and inspirational events and I believe this ‘summer of opportunity’ will help agents increase their business and knowledge which is key to increasing sales.”

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